Since around 6th grade I got it in my head that I wanted to be a published author. A few years back I decided that it was time to stop dreaming and start doing. So I started writing. Ok, I’ve been writing since 6th grade but I hadn’t really shared it with anyone. I soon discovered that to do freelance I needed a platform and this website began to take shape.
Not long after launching my website I published a few articles, short stories, and eventually my book Finding Joy: The Year Apart That Made Me A Better Wife.
Of all the questions I am asked about my writing the one that is asked the most is “how do I build a platform and/or website?” So this is me sharing with you what I’ve learned through trial and error.
- Select a host. I use Bluehost and love it. They have 24-hour support which I’ve learned I definitely need. I spent some time poking around in my code (which I do not recommend) and at 11pm lost my website. By lost I mean there was a white screen with no message no 404 and no idea what to do. After live chatting, I discovered I was experiencing the “white screen of death” which they happily fixed for me. Then 30 minutes later I did it again. Both times they helped me recover. Yes, I’m a slow learner. Don’t be me. Keep scrolling to see my HOW TO GET STARTED
- Google Analytics have baffled me since the beginning. Until I picked up the book Skyrocket Your Pageviews. This book has 30 tasks that you can do in the course of a month to see some major change in your pageviews. I wish I had this one from the beginning. Click here to view more details
- I strongly suggest using a number of tools to manage your social media, unless you LOVE spending all day online. Tailwind is my favorite for Pinterest. For a free trial month click here. For Twitter, I use Crowdfire to keep up with who I am following and monitor inactive users. If you love Twitter parties, like I do, TweetDeck is an amazing tool. It helps you have conversations without getting lost, or too far behind. Hootsuite and Buffer are great free apps to schedule social media posts. Both come with a paid option as well.
- Follow people like the SITS Girls, Michael Hyatt, and others who have been doing this forever. Join blogging groups on facebook with others who are in your niche.
Those are all of my tips and tricks for now. I’m sure as I keep doing this they will change. But for now, that is what I’m up to on the back-end of blogging. While I wish it was all just a magical world of writing there are some important aspects to consider to get noticed.
Best of luck! Let me know how it goes for you.
And if you are ready to set up your own blog here’s HOW TO GET STARTED
By now, if you’ve followed my blog at all, you know that I love to read, write, and take on projects. Since launching my site I have had a number of requests to help others create sites of their own but since I can’t sit down with all of you here is one BIG tip to launch your site.
Building A Website
While there are free hosted blog sites like wordpress.com and blogger.com having a self-hosted WordPress allows for more control and the opportunity to monetize your site. Since I wanted to have control over the layout and minimize the ads offered I chose the self-hosted version of WordPress. The first time I realized the need to control what ads are displayed was when McDonald’s Ads began popping up on my post A little about me, a confession and a pledge to do better. I don’t even want to know what was popping up on Does Porn and Chocolate really have anything in common? You get the idea.
So I set out to create a blog that offered more control over layout as well as content, thereby being able to serve you better.
If you are looking to monetize your site now is definitely the time to do so with the holidays quickly approaching. Keep reading to find out how.
I signed up with Bluehost. Why?
Blue host is one of the largest and most respected web hosting providers in the world, recommended by WordPress.org since 2005, and is 100% US-based. You can install as many websites and manage as many domains as they like. Scripts, themes, and plugins are easy to install with one click. Help is available anytime, 24/7 via phone, chat and email. My questions have thus far have been answered immediately. In addition there are training videos to help you build a website. Just follow along with the videos and you will have a site up and running in no time. Bluehost has a state-of-the-art data center which is fully redundant and features uninterrupted power supplies and generator systems. Plus if you don’t like it they offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
So here are my reasons broken down: Reliability, WordPress Recommended, Easy to Use, No limits on pages, and Affordable.
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Register your domain name. This is easy through Bluehost . Every new account (12mo. term or longer) comes with a free, one-year domain registration coupon that can be redeemed at any time. If you have already purchased a domain through another site (like GoDaddy) there are simple on screen instructions on how to transfer it over.
Make sure you come back and tell us in the comments your unique website name! We want to hear about your start up and what you have to offer.
Install WordPress. Once you are in Bluehost scroll down to Website Builders and click onto WordPress. It’s that simple. Click START on the Install WordPress page and select the domain name you just created for your page. You will get an error message that reads “Oops. Looks like something already exists there. I understand that continuing will overwrite the files.” Since this is a brand new site there is nothing to actually overwrite so select the checkbox that says, “Directory Exists! I understand that continuing will overwrite files.” Now if you are using a domain name that you have a website up and running on and you do not want to overwrite it then DO NOT click this button.
Create your site! Log into WordPress, go to the MOJO Marketplace and choose a theme! Write, write, write! It’s time to post. Get your content out there and start driving traffic to your site.
WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE. If you don’t love to read young adult books then don’t write book reviews on them. If you hate cooking don’t start a cooking blog. If you love movies then review movies. If you love to eat, review restaurants. Basically, live your life and be authentic. The internet is big, there’s an audience out their for your niche.
Start monetizing your site. There are a number of affiliates that you can use. ShareASale is just one of many. Click on the banner below and fill out the form to become an affiliate. It’s that simple.
Of course, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Skyrocket Your Pageviews so you know how to get reader’s attention through analytics and SEOs.
For me, being a Bluehost Affiliate is the most rewarding. Not only has it been my largest payout but I can 100% stand behind the product and say they have never disappointed. I’ve actually taken the majority of ads off my site as Bluehost has been the most successful. It has allowed me to make a profit without inundating you with ads.
So there is my number one tip on building your own website. Use Bluehost.
One last word of advice… Only promote items you use and truly believe in. It builds trust with your readers. I know I love Bluehost. and am confident you will too.